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The Chicken Problem
by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson


Overview - The very first picture book based on the math-themed, Emmy Award-winning PBS cartoon, Peg+Cat
The Peg+Cat show intertwines math and fun for maximum kid-appeal. In their very first picture book, Left-brained Peg and her right-brained pal, Cat, are enjoying a picnic on the farm with Pig.
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Overview
The very first picture book based on the math-themed, Emmy Award-winning PBS cartoon, Peg+Cat
The Peg+Cat show intertwines math and fun for maximum kid-appeal. In their very first picture book, Left-brained Peg and her right-brained pal, Cat, are enjoying a picnic on the farm with Pig. However, when someone leaves the chicken coop open and the chicks run amuck, it's up to Peg and Cat to use their math skills to help solve their poultry predicament. With humor, refreshingly original characters, and math problems that young readers will be clamoring to help solve, THE CHICKEN PROBLEM is an ideal addition to any home or classroom library.
Praise for THE CHICKEN PROBLEM

"The pictures are a riot." - Kirkus Reviews
"Charming . . . Fun pretty much sums it up." - School Library Journal
"Terrific first impression." - Publishers Weekly

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780375869891
  • ISBN-10: 0375869891
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: September 2012
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7
  • Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Concepts - Counting & Numbers
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Lifestyles - Farm Life & Ranch Life

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-08-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Peg and Cat have a “perfect” farm picnic planned, complete with a spacey-looking pig as special guest. But when they generously decide to share a tiny piece of pie with a tiny chicken, the 99 other chickens in the coop make their escape: “There were chickens chickens chickens chickens chickens everywhere!” Readers are informed on the first page that solving problems is Peg and Cat’s specialty, and it’s true that they return the chickens to the coop. But it’s a fairly perfunctory process (they carry some and transport the remainder in two wheelbarrows and a baby carriage), especially given the terrific first impression made by Peg (an exuberant, round-headed redhead) and Cat (a purple ovoid with huge, comically beseeching eyes). While there are numerous clues that the book is intended to encourage numeracy, Aronson and Oxley (he’s a veteran writer for stage and TV, she’s an Emmy-award winning animator and director) don’t make much of a connection between mathematical operations and the chicken roundup, aside from some basic addition. Peg and Cat are slated for their own PBS Kids series, Peg + Cat. Ages 3–6. (Sept.)

 
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